degauss

verb

de·​gauss (ˌ)dē-ˈgau̇s How to pronounce degauss (audio)
degaussed; degaussing; degausses

transitive verb

: to remove or neutralize the magnetic field of
degauss a ship
degauss a magnetic tape
degausser noun

Word History

Etymology

de- + gauss, after Karl F. Gauss

First Known Use

circa 1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of degauss was circa 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Degauss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/degauss. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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